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QUESTION: What plants and flowers attract hummingbirds?

QUESTION: What plants and flowers attract hummingbirds?

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what plants and flowers attract hummingbirds?

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Video: A Simple and Easy Compost Bin

Video: A Simple and Easy Compost Bin

Here is an easy and inexpensive way to make a compost bin.

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Protect Your Garden from Woodchucks

Protect Your Garden from Woodchucks

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Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, are common suburban mammals that can chomp your plants to shreds. In this article, a wildlife biologist describes the habits of the beast and reviews the options for keeping your garden safe.

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Managing Weeds with a Light Touch (Part 1 of 2)

Managing Weeds with a Light Touch (Part 1 of 2)

Some weeds are actually good for gardens. Before you declare an all-out war on weeds, learn more about them and direct your efforts appropriately.

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Managing Weeds with a Light Touch (Part 2 of 2)

Managing Weeds with a Light Touch (Part 2 of 2)

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Gardeners often dread the drudgery of weeding, but if you establish realistic weed tolerance levels and implement a few strategies, you can have a reasonably weed-free vegetable patch without a ton of work.

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Organic Chemistry on the White House Lawn?

Organic Chemistry on the White House Lawn?

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Nobody lobbies me about how I grow my garden, but then again, I'm not part of the power elite.

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Keeping Rabbits Out of the Kitchen Garden

Keeping Rabbits Out of the Kitchen Garden

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Rabbits, be they jackrabbits or cottontails, can devastate your vegetable garden. Here's how to keep rabbits out of your vegetable garden without doing them harm.

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Attract Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

Attract Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

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Get acquainted with the good bugs and lure them to your garden by planting flowers they like. It's a green way to keep your vegetables healthy.

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Raising Animals as Gardening Allies

Raising Animals as Gardening Allies

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Chickens, ducks, and rabbits can add a lot to a kitchen garden. If you build them a decent shelter and take good care of them, they will reward you in many ways.

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Bring on the Beneficial Insects

Bring on the Beneficial Insects

Not all insects are created equal. Some bugs, such as aphids and snails, think of your garden plants as dinner - they're the bad guys; the enemy. The other guys are known as the “beneficial insects,” and they are your cavalry.

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Meet the Garden Good Guys: Snakes, Toads, Spiders, and Bats

Meet the Garden Good Guys: Snakes, Toads, Spiders, and Bats

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Snakes, toads, spiders, and bats are burdened with an unsavory reputation, but they can all improve a garden. Cast aside those medieval superstitions and learn what these much-maligned creatures can do.

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Much Ado About Moles

Much Ado About Moles

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Moles are much maligned, delicate creatures that improve the soil, eat many pest insects, and get blamed for damage they do not cause.

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Let Worms Compost Your Kitchen Scraps

Let Worms Compost Your Kitchen Scraps

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Worm composting (vermicomposting) has to be one of my favorite gardening topics in the world. There are so many good reasons to keep red wigglers in the kitchen or by the back door, munching and crunching on your kitchen scraps that it’s hard to know where to begin.

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A Kitchen Garden on the White House Lawn

A Kitchen Garden on the White House Lawn

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Yes, it has come to pass. The Obamas will be joining the ranks of vegetable gardeners. Photographed at the site of the official kitchen garden, First Lady Michelle Obama works with kids from Washington's Bancroft Elementary School to break ground.

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Controlling Aphids in Your Garden

Controlling Aphids in Your Garden

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Aphids are those little pear-shaped gals that congregate around the undersides of leaves or the terminal buds on your rose bushes. You won’t be bothered by them in numbers of two or three, but when the situation resembles a Rolling Stones concert – that’s when you’ll sit up and take notice.

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Give Your Garden a Seaweed Boost

Give Your Garden a Seaweed Boost

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Like a spring tonic, seaweed invigorates your plants and enriches your soil. Learn what it does, and how and when to apply it for best results

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The Sludge Report: Using Recycled Municipal Wastewater Solids as a Soil Amendment

The Sludge Report: Using Recycled Municipal Wastewater Solids as a Soil Amendment

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Should you put compost derived from wastewater solids on your kitchen garden? The answers are hard to come by, but the questions are worth asking.

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Friendly Blue Mason Bees are Perfect Pollinators

Friendly Blue Mason Bees are Perfect Pollinators

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You'll want to encourage these docile, no-sting, super pollinators into your garden.

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Controlling Cucumber Beetles

Controlling Cucumber Beetles

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Adult cucumber beetles and their larval form, the corn rootworm, can wreak havoc with corn, squash, sweet potatoes, and the leaves of legumes. Fortunately for the gardener, there are several "least toxic" methods for controlling these voracious garden pests.

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How to Win the Snail Battle

How to Win the Snail Battle

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I have been fighting this battle in my gardens for thirty years and have given great effort to abide by the live-and-let-live philosophy. I have tried barriers - which worked fairly well, still more...

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